The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo is a classic
re-telling of Raymond Briggs timeless book.
Michael Morpurgo has perfectly captured the
magical atmosphere of The Snowman as
he gives a voice to the original. Michael Morpurgo has put into words what my
imagination has uttered over the years. He has taken a familiar tale and added
some extra special touches.
The Effects Of War
The Dressmaker Of
Dachau by Mary
Chamberlain is a heart-wrenching read focusing on a young woman caught up in
World War II.
The reader witnesses both her naivety and her
strength of character to survive. As a vulnerable young woman, she finds it
hard to separate the lies from the truth, believing everything she is told. Consequently
her choices prove to send her life spiralling out of control. “When you make a
lie… you have to live it and sooner or later, the truth comes out.” Only with
hindsight can she see and say she wishes “to have made a different choice that
Given a reason to survive the lead character
develops a strength that will keep her going against the odds. She has a reason
to survive Dachau, a reason to survive all that life throws at her. Without
hope, we would perish and die. We see that war brings a new set of rules, a
different moral code as people do what they do to survive.
Mary Chamberlain has drawn a very believable
character in her leading lady. Her morals are questionable but her strength of
character is huge. In contrast, the male characters are parasites, preying on the
weak, innocent and vulnerable. They are also well drawn but elicit feelings of
intense dislike and disgust from the reader.
All That Is Good
Christmas In Winter
Hill by Melody
Carlson is a delightful Christmas book that will leave you smiling. Every year
Melody Carlson releases a Christmas book and I look forward to reading it, and
this year’s offering does not disappoint.
Christmas is a time for love and family but if
you have never had one, it can be hard. One may feel isolated and lonely as it
looks like the whole world is having fun.
Winter Hill is a place of community. A warm
welcome awaits as strangers are taken under its wings. New beginnings are made
easier with a greeting from smiling faces.
God Bless Us Every One
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a classic tale
that I have never read until now – and it did not disappoint. Charles Dickens
draws Scrooge perfectly as a bad tempered mean old miser. “No warmth could
warm, no wintry weather chill him.” There seems nothing to recommend him.
As the book progresses, a gradual change in
tone occurs as Scrooge realises his life really is at stake. The cold and gloom
of the start contrasts with the brightness and light of the end of the novel.
The reader gets caught up in the gaiety.
As a fan of various films of A Christmas Carol the story was
familiar. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased at how closely the Alastair
Sim version is to the book. Whole sections of the narrative were familiar to